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7 DISCS; MICKEY McMONAGLE & STEVE HENDRY ON DVD, BLU-RAY AND GAMES; PICK OF THE WEEK.

Byline: MICKEY McMONAGLE & STEVE HENDRY

Cage back on top form JOE 15

Nicolas Cage delivers a compelling performance as a brute with a heart of gold in David Gordon Green's touching tale of friendship.

Based on a 1990 novel by Larry Brown, Joe centres on the titular ex-con (Cage), who works long hours in the backwoods of Texas as foreman of a team of labourers who poison sickly trees so they can be replaced with healthy specimens.

Local police hound Joe, hoping to goad him into an explosion of violence that will land him back in prison.

One day, 15-year-old Gary (Tye Sheridan) approaches Joe looking for work. He is hired and Joe takes the youngster under his wing, becoming a surrogate father to the hard-working teenager.

Gary's real father Wade (Gary Poulter) beats up his son and steals his money, causing Joe to struggle to withhold the urge to teach the abusive old man a lesson in good manners.

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MR PEABODY & SHERMAN U

Mr Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell) is a talking dog whose achievements include a Nobel Prize. On his first day at school, his adopted son Sherman antagonises class swot Penny and bites his nemesis, causing Child protection officer Mrs Grunion to insist on a home visit. A smart script refuses to roll over for sentiment.

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A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST 15

Albert (Seth MacFarlane) lives in 1882 Arizona. After chickening out of a duel, he loses his girlfriend to a rival (Neil Patrick Harris). A mysterious woman called Anna (Charlize Theron) teaches Albert how to handle a firearm and he soon falls in love with her.

However, she turns out to be the wife of bandit Clinch Leatherwood.

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2 BROKE GIRLS SEASON 3 15

Times are tough and the laughter is unheard of in another 24 episodes of the US sitcom about two friends - one-time high society girl Caroline (Beth Behrs) and fellow waitress Max (Kat Dennings). This series, Caroline sparks a romance with a married pastry school owner. Possibly the worst thing on television.

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FRUITVALE STATION 15

On December 31, 2008, 22-year-old Oscar Grant III (Michael B Jordan) takes his daughter Tatiana to school and drops off his girlfriend Sophina at work. Seemingly, it is a day like any other but early the following morning, Oscar is shot and killed by a police officer- a senseless killing that sparks riots across San Francisco.

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CRIMES OF PASSION 15

BBC Four's latest subtitled Nordic import stars the familiar face - for Wallander fans - of Ola Rapace as police chief Christer who keeps running up against student Puck who seems to attract murder in her wake. Forget dark and gloomy, this is classic crime whodunnits with Sweden at its most beautiful.

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AMERICAN DAD! VOLUME 9 15

Three-disc box set of 19 episodes from the popular animated comedy created by Seth MacFarlane. This series, CIA agent Stan Smith stages a shooting in order to separate his son Steve from pal Snot, wife Francine discovers that she harbours a fetish for spanking and their daughter Hayley is kidnapped by her boss.

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 5, 2014
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